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Legion at 10 Million+ Subscribers - Updated

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Well, we may have to delay that "Wow is dying" meme a little bit more it seems.

 

Update: It seems Blizzard have denied the number, as a spokesperson told GamesBeat that
“After speaking with Tom on this end, we can confirm that this was a misquote or some kind of misunderstanding on the part of the journalist,” and “Our policy for almost a year now is that we do not talk about subscriber numbers,” said the Blizzard spokesperson. “And Tom did not do that with this publication.”

Well, we may have to delay that "Wow is dead/dying" meme a little bit more it seems. The strong sales Blizzard announced for Legion last month were already a pretty clear indication, but now we also have confirmation from an interview Tom Chilton did with Polish magazine PIXEL. In it he mentions that the Legion launch has seen subscriber numbers, which Blizzard don't announce at the quarterly earnings calls anymore, rise to 10.1 million. This isn't surprising considering the quality of the expansion so far, as well as the fast rate of patches coming down the line (at least the announced ones) and since Legion sales have been on par with Warlords, which also had 10 million subs in it's first month. 

Thanks to redditor htaler for the translation and the heads up!
You can see the article in question (or at least a scan of it) here .

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"This was a misquote, or some kind of misunderstanding on the part of the journalist," a rep said. "Our policy for almost a year now is that we do not talk about subscriber numbers, and Tom did not do that with this publication."

 

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3 hours ago, Eukray said:

It is wrong sadly :( Blizzard denied it

You know I kinda expected it to be. I waited a long time to post the news because it simply did not sound right, because of their policy etc, but then all other sites started posting it and I just went with it. Should've trusted my instincts!

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Oh how I wish it was true. I do wonder if they would have just said "Yep, it's 10M" if they were currently at 10.

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I may not know the numbers but since the launch of Legion, it seems like there are more people in game.  It also could be wishful thinking...

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17 hours ago, Darkjester79 said:

I may not know the numbers but since the launch of Legion, it seems like there are more people in game.  It also could be wishful thinking...

I think there are definitely more people around, for sure. 

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Just to add to this topic(no offense to the streamers in icy-veins.com) but back in WoD the various general wow channels on youtube. Similar to the WoW Crendor style of making videos, would always video troll "WoW is Dead....then insert the sub number" all for an easy buck. It bothered players who very often downvoted the videos "I even went on em..." and said "anything for an easy buck eh vidboyz".

So a fun fact, due to the easy cashout on wow option that came with videos with sub numbers(vs valuable content approach), blizzard and players got sick and that led to the sub numbers being barred for the public. I remember them days like they were yesterday.

But I(like probably a lot of people), like useful informative, and just simply make experience better content vs. the troll videos.

But that story is just a fun historical fact as to why that interviewer(like all interviewers) will probably never see the true sub numbers.

And I think its a smart blizzard business move. We all don't play wow for the mass subs, and I play it cuz I enjoy it and its fun when I need a personal time sink in my life.

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On 10/10/2016 at 8:13 PM, Armosak said:

We all don't play wow for the mass subs, and I play it cuz I enjoy it and its fun when I need a personal time sink in my life.

There does need to be a certain level of subs though, otherwise they won't see enough reason to pour money into the game, which then leads to less quality of creation.

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